The gaming world is excited to go back to Azeroth with Blizzard’s release of World of Warcraft Classic, where the company rolls back all the patches and improvements they’ve made to return the venerable MMORPG back to its vanilla state. It’s hard to sum up the massive cultural impact WoW had on geek culture. There had been online role-playing games before, but this one managed to deliver a satisfying core gameplay loop with plenty of possibilities for player choice, then supplement it with new content and expansions that kept people hooked for fifteen years. And with that success comes plenty of swag, as well as some seriously high-level toys. Here are some of our favorites.
Deluxe Illidan Collector Figure
First of the demon hunters, Illidan Stormrage is one of the most important figures in the mythology of the Warcraft universe. He made his MMORPG debut as the final boss of the Black Temple in the 2.1 patch, so he might not show up in Classic, but you’ll always have the memories. This action figure from Blizzard depicts him in his demon form and we have to give special props to the wings he’s sporting, which are among the most extra we’ve ever seen on an action figure. They reach almost eleven inches in the air, nearly doubling the monster’s height.
Pandaren Brewmaster Deluxe Figure
The Warcraft universe started with fairly standard fantasy races, but when an artist at Blizzard sketched out an anthropomorphic panda as an April Fool’s joke, fan response was so overwhelming that the company had to make them playable. The Pandaren were introduced in a Warcraft III expansion and added to the MMORPG in 2011. This high-quality figure depicts the Brewmaster hero, capable of dousing foes in booze and setting them alight to scream around the battlefield in agony. From concept designs by Blizzard artists, the action figure was sculpted Ray Villafane and paint modeled by artist Eddie Wires. It stands eight inches tall and is seriously solid.
Mega Bloks Demolisher Attack
LEGO has a stranglehold on so many geek culture brands, but they can’t make construction kits for everything. Thankfully, Mega Bloks is here to pick up the slack with their compatible kits. They teamed with Blizzard a while back to create a panoply of cool World of Warcraft sets. One of our favorites gives you everything you need to play a conflict between the Alliance and the Horde. On the good guys side you get a stone fort with a catapult launcher, human warlock and Void Walker minion. For the Horde, you get a Demolisher piloted by a blood elf Death Knight. Great instructions are just the cherry on top of the sundae.
Arthas Funko Pop
We don’t think that the lich king Arthas would be terribly pleased about being incarnated as a big-headed Funko Pop, but it’s the eventual fate of all pop culture icons. Ruling from the Frozen Throne, he commands the Scourge as the main boss of his own expansion, and he’s also been introduced as a playable character in Heroes of the Storm. His great tragedy in Warcraft III is one of the best stories Blizzard has ever told, as his desire to stem the Scourge led to his eventual corruption by the Lich King and transformation into an instrument of his power.
In old-school World of Warcraft, you knew you’d made it to the big leagues when you got a mount. Being able to ride a creature around the map instead of walking everywhere was a visible status symbol. As the game expanded, the field of mounts got bigger (and eventually included flying creatures), but we still have a soft spot for the Elekk. These Draenor mounts can live to over a century old and can cover great distances tirelessly. When you’re drunk enough, you can even hallucinate pink ones. Cuddle up with these loyal friends in the form of a 7-inch tall plushie with built-in squeaker.
Ashbringer Sword Replica
WoW is all about grabbing tasty loot, so it should come as no surprise that enterprising companies are making replicas of that loot in the real world. The sword Ashbringer was wielded by Alexandros Mograine, the Highlord of the Silver Hand, and he used it to cleave through the undead willy-nilly. When data miners dig into early releases of World of Warcraft, it was one of the most frequently speculated about pieces of loot. This lore-exact replica measures nearly 4-feet long with a 30-inch blade, golden hand medallion and a hilt wrapped in real leather. It comes with a wall display mount in case you don’t have any zombies to thwack.
World Of Warcraft: The Adventure Game
If you want to enter the world of Azeroth with close friends around your kitchen table instead of strangers from all over the world, Fantasy Flight’s World Of Warcraft: The Adventure Game will do nicely. Designed by Corey Konieczka, the game lets two to four players travel through the land accepting quests, battling monsters, getting loot and stabbing each other in the back. Both cooperation and competition are rewarded in the game’s rulebook, and there’s lots of content available including expansions that add an additional eight hero types.
Orc Shaman Rehgar Earthfury Action Figure
The shamans of the Horde are terrifying fighters indeed, and one of the most notable is Rehgar Earthfury. The orc has made appearances in multiple Warcraft-related franchises, including comic books and as a playable character in Heroes of the Storm. This action figure from DC Direct stands nearly eight inches high with multiple points of articulation. Orcs typically travel light, so he only comes with one accessory, a removable wolf head, but what more do you need?
Oversized Deathwing Funko Pop
Standing a beefy 6 inches high, this is twice the size of your ordinary Pop and has the heft to match. In World of Warcraft, Deathwing is the leader of the black dragonflight and one of the five dragon aspects of Azeroth. Formerly the noble Neltharion the Earth-Warder, he was driven insane by dark forces and became a servant of the Old Gods. He showed up in multiple quests in WoW, and the final battle to defeat him over the Maelstrom is one of the most memorable raids in the game. Take this goofy little version of him home as a trophy of all the good times.
Sylvanas Windrunner Statue
Supreme ruler of the Forsaken, warchief of the Horde and mistress of an army of the undead, Sylvanas Windrunner is one of the most feared forces in all of Azeroth. After being transformed into a banshee by death knight Arthas Menethil, Sylvanas raised an army of free-willed undead to battle the Scourge. She’s been a key driver of many of the franchise’s narratives for years, so it’s only fitting that Blizzard would immortalize her with this super slick statue. Measuring a foot and a half tall with intricate hand-painted details, it’ll be an unforgettable conversation piece for your toy shelf.
Wildmoon Moonkin Action Figure
Although the base fantasy world of the Warcraft series doesn’t stray far from the classic D&D model, as Blizzard has continued to flesh out the franchise they’ve started to play around more with expectations. One of our favorite species is the moonkin — they look a lot like D&D‘s predatory owlbear monsters, but instead these gentle, powerful creatures are defenders of the natural world against the Burning Legion. DC Direct’s World of Warcraft line has tons of cool sculpts and paint jobs, but this one is one of the best — incredible color and hefty size combine to make a fantastic beast.
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